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Syrian Orthodox Church

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Paramus, New Jersey,07652

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The Syrian Church has experienced various forms of oppression, especially since the beginning of the present millennium. The internal schisms caused by changing currents within tribes and clans have also weakened it. Furthermore, first the Roman Catholic Churc...more

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January 26, 2004

zindamagazine.com [cached]

Where Assyrians Get Their News.
Grouping of Letters to Editor was Unfair 5 Priests in Vatican , You Too Go Home! Come and Visit the Historic Assyrian Communities of Russia Quest for Christian Unity: Where It Stands For the foreign journalist, soldier and others targeted by the non-Iraqi terrorists who are determined to block any progress in Iraq it may be dangerous. But for the average Iraqi hope is in the air! The two William sisters - Vinos 23 and Florence 21, the two Lazar brothers - Remon and Simon, 25 and 21 and Robert George, 25 are digging in. To the question `how does Al Jaiha compare to when Saddam was in power` they are quick to respond. `When Saddam was in power we would be watching one of the three Saddam TV Channels with him on TV or some old, boring black and white movie. The Al Jaiha Ice Cream Parlor is a good barometer of how things are in Iraq . Ignored by the international media who for some reason, at least according to the regular Iraqi have a bias towards any good news from Iraq , Iraq is doing just fine, thank you! And the future? `We are getting married in July!` chimes in Remon and Venos. `Everything is completely better` continues Robert George. `For the first time in our lives we have hope! It is because the Americans cared for the people of Iraq and were the only ones with the courage to set us free.` It is the planned July 1 handover of power in Iraq . While the original plan, as in Japan and Germany , was to have a constitution, elections and a government in place, due, the Iraqis say to fears of the impact of Iraq on the upcoming US Presidential election the schedule was suddenly changed. `If the current plan goes forward there will be civil war in Iraq beginning on July 1` says an American official asking to be anonymous. `I have been told privately by both senior officials of the Coalition Provisional Authority as well as the Iraqi Governing Council this. In addition, the airport will close as no airline will fly into an airport without a government in charge` he continues. The Assyrians are Christians and we are the original people of Iraq . If the July 1 schedule goes forward we will be massacred. The last time this happened 2/3rds of the Christians of Iraq were slaughtered in the Assyrian Holocaust. We will not allow it to happen again. We cannot understand why the Christians of the world do not support us and demand that Iraq be free, democratic and secular.` The Americans should simply say that only Iraqis can have a say in the future of Iraq and send him back to Iran where he came from.`. Few in the rest of the world seem to realize this little known fact - the main source of trouble to the US authorities is in fact not an Iraqi but an Iranian. `We do not want to become like Iran . We do not want a muslim government.` echoes Shiite muslim Sadek Tarik, 36. `Did the United States go to war and lose so many lives to create an Islamic Government of Iraq` says Robert George? `I do not think the American people would ever agree to that. I think they want for us what they have - freedom, opportunity and a better life. As Christians we get along good with our muslim neighbors and as the original people of Iraq we pray for autonomy in our homeland in Nineveh and Dohuk provinces so like the American Indians we can administer our local affairs.`` It took the United States seven years to move Japan from a police state to a free and democratic society. The outbreak of civil war on July 1 would seem to even the most casual observer to have a far greater negative impact on the November elections than the improving situation in Iraq . For a first hand look, the Al Jaha Ice Cream Parlor is living testimony to the fact that the war was worth it, that good times are truly around the corner and the worst possible thing for Iraq would be a premature handover of power. [Z-info: A proposed French law prohibiting the wearing of religious symbols in public schools banned Islamic headscarves, Jewish yarmulkes and large Christian crosses. Pope John Paul II told Vatican diplomats last week that religious freedom in Europe was endangered by people seeking to ban religion from the public sphere. France is, with Turkey , one of the two secular countries of the world. With the difference of Turkey where the religion is under the control of the State, France had separated the religious area and the State in 1905. Indeed, A few days after the manifestations of the Moslem women, Luc Ferry, Minister for national education, declared at the Parliament that this law did not relate only to the Islamic veil but also to the kippa, the turban of Sikhs and the "large crosses out of wooden carried by Syro-Chaldeans". The Assyro-Chaldeans' Association of France immediately distributed a press release saying that the community (16 000 people) is completely integrated into the French Republic . It refuses to be used as a "exotic folding screen" in the vote of a law which does not relate to it. Assyro-Chaldeans (Luc Ferry had mispronounced our national name in Syro-Chaldean), are respectful to this country which had welcomed them and now they was nothing any more but one danger for secularity as well as for the republic. French chains of television like Canal + and newspapers such Le Parisien, La Croix, Le Monde, Libération, The Daily Telegraph and Hürriyet published many articles concerning this affront against Assyro-Chaldeans of which 80% are naturalized French. The official statement diffused by our Association did nothing but "restore the truth" concerning our people in France . Nevertheless, Joseph Yacoub considered that this "misunderstanding" gave the opportunity to us to inform the public opinion. Windows of buildings were shattered and plumes of smoke could be seen in the area. Iraqi police and U.S. troops arrive on the scene of a car bomb explosion in Mosul , Iraq , on Saturday. Photo by Karam Hussein for the Associated Press (ZNDA: Arbil) This week the two main Kurdish political parties blamed the Islamic militant group, Ansar al-Islam - an al-Qaida-linked militant group- for suicide bombings that killed at least 101 people in Arbil on Sunday. Only the back of the bomber's head was visible in the footage. The man, apparently in his 20s or 30s, shook hands with one of the Arbil office's deputy chiefs, then stepped forward and put his hand in that of another. This position was held by Mr. Saad Abdulla until his death in the suicide bombing on Sunday. The Assyrian Democratic Movement has issued a letter of condemnation asserting those who committed and stood behind this act of violence, and similar others, are a terror group who are not pleased with the environment of freedom and the path of democracy that Iraq is experiencing. They wish to see that insecurity and instability continues, against the aspirations of the Iraqi people. Mar Emmanuel III's Letter to IGC (ZNDA: Baghdad ) On 22 January the newly-elected Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Mar Emmanuel III Deli, offered a letter of appreciation to the officials of the Iraqi Governing Council in Baghdad . In the letter His Beatitude writes: I thank you and wish you success for the work done for our people and our Iraqi brothers. In his letter, His Beatitude desires greater unity among Iraqis and asks the officials to promote stability, security, and prosperity for the people of Iraq . Mar Emmanuel then continues to write: I promise youthat we are ready to cooperate in order to establish a better Iraq , that will be an example in the areas of religious, political, cultural and social freedom for all her sons without exception. Mar Emmanuel qualifies We by continuing to say: We, the Chaldoassyrian Christians, owners of the Syriac culture and language for many millennia, have worked together with our Muslim, Yezidi and Sabbean brothers with our hearts and soul. Mar Emmanuel is the first head of a Syriac-speaking church to personally endorse the title of Chaldo-Assyrian in Iraq in an official capacity. (ZNDA: Damascus ) On 29 January a delegation from the Iraqi Governing Council met with the Syrian president, Dr. Bashaar al-Assad, in Damascus to review the current situation in Iraq and future diplomatic ties between the two countries. (ZNDA: Damascus ) On 29 January a delegation from the Iraqi Governing Council met with the Syrian president, Dr. Bashaar al-Assad, in Damascus to review the current situation in Iraq and future diplomatic ties between the two countries. The Honorables Yonadam Kanna and Mouwafak al-Rabii also met with the Syrian Vice President, Mr. Abd al-Halim Khaddam and Mr. Mahmood al-Sayed, Syrian Minister of Culture. On the same day, Mr. Kanna also met with His Holiness Moran Mar Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church. Later that day, Mr. Kanna also visited Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir, Patriarch of the Maronite Church . In the evening, Mr. Kanna met with several heads of the Lebanese political parties and diplomats in Beirut . That's because they speak the same language as the Son of God. Literally. Spoken in the Middle East during Jesus' time, Aramaic is still used in everyday life by most of the 130 elderly Maronite Catholics in Kormakiti, which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea . If the megastar has trouble finding an audience for "Passion," his upcoming movie about the final hours of Jesus' life on Earth with dialogue mostly in Aramaic, due to be released next month, the folks here should have no trouble with the original biblical tongue. Under Cyprus 's 1960 Constitution, following independence from Britain , the island's Maronite, Armenian, and Latin religious minorities had to choose to belong to either the Greek Cypriot majority or the smaller Turkish Cypriot community. Families were forced out because of lack of opportunities, especially schooling. The main parts of the liturgy are read in Aramaic, Kassapis says. Kormakiti's long isolation from the main currents of the Arab world helped to keep alive its exotic strain of Aramaic, which incorporates Greek, Turkish, French, and Italian words. My complements to your weekly magazine on Assyrian issues, I always make the time where ever I am around the world to read your informative articles Grouping of Letters to Editor was Unfair Regardless of your stand towards what you receive from your readers, I don't see any fairness in grouping the official letter you received from the Assyrian Church of The East signed by her clergy with other letters under one misleading title Reflections on Rev Joseph's Article: Go Home Mar Dinkha. Regardless of your stand towards what you receive from your readers, I don't see any fairness in grouping the official letter you received from the Assyrian Church of The East signed by her clergy with other letters under one misleading title Reflections on Rev Joseph's Article: Go Home Mar Dinkha. I fully agree with what was addressed in the letter regarding Rev. Joseph. Insisting on posting such ridicule in your magazine knowing the stand of this person from earlier posts and articles is promoting personal attacks and is conflicting with your policy of banning such attacks. [Z-info: The letter received from Rome was not an official letter of the Church of the East, rather the personal opinion of five individual priests from this church. 5 Priests in Vatican , You Too Go Home! I'm proud member of the Assyrian Church of the East and much angry because the comments these five priests gave that study in Vatican . What's wrong with educated people? Rev. Kenneth Joseph is asking His Holiness to return to Baghdad because he feels Mar Dinkha represents the most important authority in the Assyrian peoples. What is wrong with a protestant Assyrian asking our patriarka to go back to our homeland? Are they not Assyrian too? Am I the only member of our holy church that thinks our patriarka should be in Atra and not in Chicago ? Our church again can make bishops, archbishops and priests like the ones studying in Rome . We can write good Christian books for all of Christianity too. Right now it seems every body is giving each other excuses not to go back to Iraq and wait for some body to put the red carpet for us first. I have read with great interest Rev. Ken Joseph Jr. article in Zinda Magazine under the title of Mar Dinkha, Go Home!". Apparently Rev. Joseph, who is not a member of the Church of the East, has all of a sudden awakened to his Assyrian nationalistic duties by hiding under his fake recognition of his Holiness as the leader of the Assyrian People, merely to ignite a division among Assyrians at large. You claim yourself to be a man of God, but your comments were full of anger and falsehood. By talking to a number Assryian brothers and sisters in Iraq , who have expressed their personal opinions regarding His Holiness does not make you a spokesman for them. His Holiness has an appointed representative in Iraq , His Beattitude Mar Gewargis Sliwa. He is in constant contact with his Holiness. Many Assyrian delegations have visited Iraq and have reported to His Holiness of their mission. No one has told him that he must go home. Jwad Saleem, the Father of modern fine Arts in Iraq : In his memory a gathering of top Artists and art historians took place in Baghdad in Jan 2004. Jwad said to me after the monument was erected in its present place: This is the first Iraqi monument by Iraqis since the last Assyrian monument was erected," - words that need to be put next to the monument in center of Baghdad . Congratulations to the new Administration and Board of Directors of the Assyrian American Association of Southern California for the years 2004 - 2006, elected on Sunday, February 1st, 2004 . 2004 Membership to the Assyrian American Association of Southern California is now open and membership forms are available at our website at http://www.aaasc.com. I am writting on behalf of my father, Mati Toma and myself. The missing chief is Toma Bakos Toma. I know this because he's my father's brother. VII, No. 1-2, 1980 issue of Bet-Nahrain monthly magazine (the official organ of the Bet-Nahrain Democratic Party), an article is published under the title: "Another Bet Nahrain Reality. Dr. Sargon O. Dadesho was appointed as the first President of the ACC and professor of Biological Sciences and Assyrian; Dr. Benedict Beit-Ishoo as Dean of the College and professor Romance Languages, Literatures and Philosophy; Dr. Vladimir Tuman as Honorary Acting Dean of the Faculty. Dr. Sargon O. Dadesho was appointed as the first President of the ACC and professor of Biological Sciences and Assyrian; Dr. Benedict Beit-Ishoo as Dean of the College and professor Romance Languages, Literatures and Philosophy; Dr. Vladimir Tuman as Honorary Acting Dean of the Faculty. VII, No. 6-7, 1980 issue of Bet-Nahrain magazine indicated that the ACC was to have departments of business and economics, English, art and music, biological science, foreign languages, history and political science, mathematics and computer science, philosophy, physical education, physics and physical science, religion, and most importantly Assyrian studies. VII, No. 8-9, 1980 issue of Bet-Nahrain listed the names of Assyrians who donated money for the establishment of the ACC. VII, No. 8-9, 1980 issue of Bet-Nahrain listed the names of Assyrians who donated money for the establishment of the ACC. Page 14 included as well the amount of money raised in a special dinner-dance party to raise money for that purpose. A guide to children, parents and student of Syriac, with 22 illustrations. Each pair of facing pages introduces a single letter of the alphabet with a word that begins with the letter in question on one side, and an illustration of that word on the other side. The letters are hallow and can be filled and colored by children. Notes on each page give the name of the letter on that page, how the letter sounds, a phonological transcription of the sample word, and the meaning of the word. Kiraz, George. The Syriac Alphabet for Children


January 26, 2004

www.zindamagazine.com [cached]

Where Assyrians Get Their News. Grouping of Letters to Editor was Unfair 5 Priests in Vatican , You Too Go Home! Come and Visit the Historic Assyrian Communities of Russia Quest for Christian Unity: Where It Stands For the foreign journalist, soldier and others targeted by the non-Iraqi terrorists who are determined to block any progress in Iraq it may be dangerous.But for the average Iraqi hope is in the air! The two William sisters - Vinos 23 and Florence 21, the two Lazar brothers - Remon and Simon, 25 and 21 and Robert George, 25 are digging in. To the question `how does Al Jaiha compare to when Saddam was in power` they are quick to respond. `When Saddam was in power we would be watching one of the three Saddam TV Channels with him on TV or some old, boring black and white movie.The Al Jaiha Ice Cream Parlor is a good barometer of how things are in Iraq . Ignored by the international media who for some reason, at least according to the regular Iraqi have a bias towards any good news from Iraq , Iraq is doing just fine, thank you! And the future? `We are getting married in July!` chimes in Remon and Venos. `Everything is completely better` continues Robert George. `For the first time in our lives we have hope!It is because the Americans cared for the people of Iraq and were the only ones with the courage to set us free.` It is the planned July 1 handover of power in Iraq . While the original plan, as in Japan and Germany , was to have a constitution, elections and a government in place, due, the Iraqis say to fears of the impact of Iraq on the upcoming US Presidential election the schedule was suddenly changed. `If the current plan goes forward there will be civil war in Iraq beginning on July 1` says an American official asking to be anonymous. `I have been told privately by both senior officials of the Coalition Provisional Authority as well as the Iraqi Governing Council this.In addition, the airport will close as no airline will fly into an airport without a government in charge` he continues. The Assyrians are Christians and we are the original people of Iraq . If the July 1 schedule goes forward we will be massacred.The last time this happened 2/3rds of the Christians of Iraq were slaughtered in the Assyrian Holocaust.We will not allow it to happen again.We cannot understand why the Christians of the world do not support us and demand that Iraq be free, democratic and secular.` A trip south shows the reality on the ground.The Americans should simply say that only Iraqis can have a say in the future of Iraq and send him back to Iran where he came from.`. Few in the rest of the world seem to realize this little known fact - the main source of trouble to the US authorities is in fact not an Iraqi but an Iranian. `We do not want to become like Iran . We do not want a muslim government.` echoes Shiite muslim Sadek Tarik, 36.`Did the United States go to war and lose so many lives to create an Islamic Government of Iraq` says Robert George? `I do not think the American people would ever agree to that.I think they want for us what they have - freedom, opportunity and a better life.As Christians we get along good with our muslim neighbors and as the original people of Iraq we pray for autonomy in our homeland in Nineveh and Dohuk provinces so like the American Indians we can administer our local affairs." It took the United States seven years to move Japan from a police state to a free and democratic society.The outbreak of civil war on July 1 would seem to even the most casual observer to have a far greater negative impact on the November elections than the improving situation in Iraq . For a first hand look, the Al Jaha Ice Cream Parlor is living testimony to the fact that the war was worth it, that good times are truly around the corner and the worst possible thing for Iraq would be a premature handover of power. [Z-info: A proposed French law prohibiting the wearing of religious symbols in public schools banned Islamic headscarves, Jewish yarmulkes and large Christian crosses.Pope John Paul II told Vatican diplomats last week that religious freedom in Europe was endangered by people seeking to ban religion from the public sphere.France is, with Turkey , one of the two secular countries of the world.With the difference of Turkey where the religion is under the control of the State, France had separated the religious area and the State in 1905.Indeed, A few days after the manifestations of the Moslem women, Luc Ferry, Minister for national education, declared at the Parliament that this law did not relate only to the Islamic veil but also to the kippa, the turban of Sikhs and the "large crosses out of wooden carried by Syro-Chaldeans".The Assyro-Chaldeans' Association of France immediately distributed a press release saying that the community (16 000 people) is completely integrated into the French Republic . It refuses to be used as a "exotic folding screen" in the vote of a law which does not relate to it.Assyro-Chaldeans (Luc Ferry had mispronounced our national name in Syro-Chaldean), are respectful to this country which had welcomed them and now they was nothing any more but one danger for secularity as well as for the republic.French chains of television like Canal + and newspapers such Le Parisien, La Croix, Le Monde, Libération, The Daily Telegraph and Hürriyet published many articles concerning this affront against Assyro-Chaldeans of which 80% are naturalized French.The official statement diffused by our Association did nothing but "restore the truth" concerning our people in France . Nevertheless, Joseph Yacoub considered that this "misunderstanding" gave the opportunity to us to inform the public opinion.Windows of buildings were shattered and plumes of smoke could be seen in the area.Iraqi police and U.S. troops arrive on the scene of a car bomb explosion in Mosul , Iraq , on Saturday.Photo by Karam Hussein for the Associated Press(ZNDA: Arbil) This week the two main Kurdish political parties blamed the Islamic militant group, Ansar al-Islam - an al-Qaida-linked militant group- for suicide bombings that killed at least 101 people in Arbil on Sunday.Only the back of the bomber's head was visible in the footage.The man, apparently in his 20s or 30s, shook hands with one of the Arbil office's deputy chiefs, then stepped forward and put his hand in that of another.This position was held by Mr. Saad Abdulla until his death in the suicide bombing on Sunday.The Assyrian Democratic Movement has issued a letter of condemnation asserting "those who committed and stood behind this act of violence, and similar others, are a terror group who are not pleased with the environment of freedom and the path of democracy that Iraq is experiencing.They wish to see that insecurity and instability continues, against the aspirations of the Iraqi people." Mar Emmanuel III's Letter to IGC(ZNDA: Baghdad ) On 22 January the newly-elected Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Mar Emmanuel III Deli, offered a letter of appreciation to the officials of the Iraqi Governing Council in Baghdad . In the letter His Beatitude writes: "I thank you and wish you success for the work done for our people and our Iraqi brothers."In his letter, His Beatitude desires greater unity among Iraqis and asks the officials to promote stability, security, and prosperity for the people of Iraq .Mar Emmanuel then continues to write: "I promise you ... Mar Emmanuel qualifies "We" by continuing to say: "We, the Chaldoassyrian Christians, owners of the Syriac culture and language for many millennia, have worked together with our Muslim, Yezidi and Sabbean brothers with our hearts and soul."Mar Emmanuel is the first head of a Syriac-speaking church to personally endorse the title of "Chaldo-Assyrian" in Iraq in an official capacity.Mar Emmanuel concludes his letter by saying "We demand the recognition of our legitimate religious, cultural, social (ZNDA: Damascus ) On 29 January a delegation from the Iraqi Governing Council met with the Syrian president, Dr. Bashaar al-Assad, in Damascus to review the current situation in Iraq and future diplomatic ties between the two countries. (ZNDA: Damascus ) On 29 January a delegation from the Iraqi Governing Council met with the Syrian president, Dr. Bashaar al-Assad, in Damascus to review the current situation in Iraq and future diplomatic ties be


www.zindamagazine.com

Where Assyrians Get Their News. Grouping of Letters to Editor was Unfair 5 Priests in Vatican , You Too Go Home! Come and Visit the Historic Assyrian Communities of Russia Quest for Christian Unity: Where It Stands For the foreign journalist, soldier and others targeted by the non-Iraqi terrorists who are determined to block any progress in Iraq it may be dangerous.But for the average Iraqi hope is in the air! The two William sisters - Vinos 23 and Florence 21, the two Lazar brothers - Remon and Simon, 25 and 21 and Robert George, 25 are digging in. To the question `how does Al Jaiha compare to when Saddam was in power` they are quick to respond. `When Saddam was in power we would be watching one of the three Saddam TV Channels with him on TV or some old, boring black and white movie.The Al Jaiha Ice Cream Parlor is a good barometer of how things are in Iraq . Ignored by the international media who for some reason, at least according to the regular Iraqi have a bias towards any good news from Iraq , Iraq is doing just fine, thank you! And the future? `We are getting married in July!` chimes in Remon and Venos. `Everything is completely better` continues Robert George. `For the first time in our lives we have hope!It is because the Americans cared for the people of Iraq and were the only ones with the courage to set us free.` We do not fear somebody taken away` she says, echoing other Iraqis. It is the best of times, but at the same time the worst of times The `bad`?It is the deep, palpable, undercurrent of fear that is gnawing at everybody, although few will speak of it. It is the planned July 1 handover of power in Iraq . While the original plan, as in Japan and Germany , was to have a constitution, elections and a government in place, due, the Iraqis say to fears of the impact of Iraq on the upcoming US Presidential election the schedule was suddenly changed. `If the current plan goes forward there will be civil war in Iraq beginning on July 1` says an American official asking to be anonymous. `I have been told privately by both senior officials of the Coalition Provisional Authority as well as the Iraqi Governing Council this.In addition, the airport will close as no airline will fly into an airport without a government in charge` he continues. The Assyrians are Christians and we are the original people of Iraq . If the July 1 schedule goes forward we will be massacred.The last time this happened 2/3rds of the Christians of Iraq were slaughtered in the Assyrian Holocaust.We will not allow it to happen again.We cannot understand why the Christians of the world do not support us and demand that Iraq be free, democratic and secular.` A trip south shows the reality on the ground.The Americans should simply say that only Iraqis can have a say in the future of Iraq and send him back to Iran where he came from.`. Few in the rest of the world seem to realize this little known fact - the main source of trouble to the US authorities is in fact not an Iraqi but an Iranian. `We do not want to become like Iran . We do not want a muslim government.` echoes Shiite muslim Sadek Tarik, 36.`Did the United States go to war and lose so many lives to create an Islamic Government of Iraq` says Robert George? `I do not think the American people would ever agree to that.I think they want for us what they have - freedom, opportunity and a better life.As Christians we get along good with our muslim neighbors and as the original people of Iraq we pray for autonomy in our homeland in Nineveh and Dohuk provinces so like the American Indians we can administer our local affairs." It took the United States seven years to move Japan from a police state to a free and democratic society.The outbreak of civil war on July 1 would seem to even the most casual observer to have a far greater negative impact on the November elections than the improving situation in Iraq . For a first hand look, the Al Jaha Ice Cream Parlor is living testimony to the fact that the war was worth it, that good times are truly around the corner and the worst possible thing for Iraq would be a premature handover of power. [Z-info: A proposed French law prohibiting the wearing of religious symbols in public schools banned Islamic headscarves, Jewish yarmulkes and large Christian crosses.Pope John Paul II told Vatican diplomats last week that religious freedom in Europe was endangered by people seeking to ban religion from the public sphere.France is, with Turkey , one of the two secular countries of the world.With the difference of Turkey where the religion is under the control of the State, France had separated the religious area and the State in 1905.Indeed, A few days after the manifestations of the Moslem women, Luc Ferry, Minister for national education, declared at the Parliament that this law did not relate only to the Islamic veil but also to the kippa, the turban of Sikhs and the "large crosses out of wooden carried by Syro-Chaldeans".The Assyro-Chaldeans' Association of France immediately distributed a press release saying that the community (16 000 people) is completely integrated into the French Republic . It refuses to be used as a "exotic folding screen" in the vote of a law which does not relate to it.Assyro-Chaldeans (Luc Ferry had mispronounced our national name in Syro-Chaldean), are respectful to this country which had welcomed them and now they was nothing any more but one danger for secularity as well as for the republic.French chains of television like Canal + and newspapers such Le Parisien, La Croix, Le Monde, Libération, The Daily Telegraph and Hürriyet published many articles concerning this affront against Assyro-Chaldeans of which 80% are naturalized French.The official statement diffused by our Association did nothing but "restore the truth" concerning our people in France . Nevertheless, Joseph Yacoub considered that this "misunderstanding" gave the opportunity to us to inform the public opinion.Windows of buildings were shattered and plumes of smoke could be seen in the area.Iraqi police and U.S. troops arrive on the scene of a car bomb explosion in Mosul , Iraq , on Saturday.Photo by Karam Hussein for the Associated Press (ZNDA: Arbil) This week the two main Kurdish political parties blamed the Islamic militant group, Ansar al-Islam - an al-Qaida-linked militant group- for suicide bombings that killed at least 101 people in Arbil on Sunday.Only the back of the bomber's head was visible in the footage.The man, apparently in his 20s or 30s, shook hands with one of the Arbil office's deputy chiefs, then stepped forward and put his hand in that of another.This position was held by Mr. Saad Abdulla until his death in the suicide bombing on Sunday.The Assyrian Democratic Movement has issued a letter of condemnation asserting "those who committed and stood behind this act of violence, and similar others, are a terror group who are not pleased with the environment of freedom and the path of democracy that Iraq is experiencing.They wish to see that insecurity and instability continues, against the aspirations of the Iraqi people." Mar Emmanuel III's Letter to IGC(ZNDA: Baghdad ) On 22 January the newly-elected Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Mar Emmanuel III Deli, offered a letter of appreciation to the officials of the Iraqi Governing Council in Baghdad . In the letter His Beatitude writes: "I thank you and wish you success for the work done for our people and our Iraqi brothers."In his letter, His Beatitude desires greater unity among Iraqis and asks the officials to promote stability, security, and prosperity for the people of Iraq .Mar Emmanuel then continues to write: "I promise you ... Mar Emmanuel qualifies "We" by continuing to say: "We, the Chaldoassyrian Christians, owners of the Syriac culture and language for many millennia, have worked together with our Muslim, Yezidi and Sabbean brothers with our hearts and soul."Mar Emmanuel is the first head of a Syriac-speaking church to personally endorse the title of "Chaldo-Assyrian" in Iraq in an official capacity.Mar Emmanuel concludes his letter by saying "We demand the recognition of our legitimate religious, cultural, social (ZNDA: Damascus ) On 29 January a delegation from the Iraqi Governing Council met with the Syrian president, Dr. Bashaar al-Assad, in Damascus to review the current situation in Iraq


www.zindamagazine.com

Where Assyrians Get Their News.
Grouping of Letters to Editor was Unfair 5 Priests in Vatican , You Too Go Home! Come and Visit the Historic Assyrian Communities of Russia Quest for Christian Unity: Where It Stands For the foreign journalist, soldier and others targeted by the non-Iraqi terrorists who are determined to block any progress in Iraq it may be dangerous. But for the average Iraqi hope is in the air! The two William sisters - Vinos 23 and Florence 21, the two Lazar brothers - Remon and Simon, 25 and 21 and Robert George, 25 are digging in. To the question `how does Al Jaiha compare to when Saddam was in power` they are quick to respond. `When Saddam was in power we would be watching one of the three Saddam TV Channels with him on TV or some old, boring black and white movie. The Al Jaiha Ice Cream Parlor is a good barometer of how things are in Iraq . Ignored by the international media who for some reason, at least according to the regular Iraqi have a bias towards any good news from Iraq , Iraq is doing just fine, thank you! And the future? `We are getting married in July!` chimes in Remon and Venos. `Everything is completely better` continues Robert George. `For the first time in our lives we have hope! It is because the Americans cared for the people of Iraq and were the only ones with the courage to set us free.` It is the planned July 1 handover of power in Iraq . While the original plan, as in Japan and Germany , was to have a constitution, elections and a government in place, due, the Iraqis say to fears of the impact of Iraq on the upcoming US Presidential election the schedule was suddenly changed. `If the current plan goes forward there will be civil war in Iraq beginning on July 1` says an American official asking to be anonymous. `I have been told privately by both senior officials of the Coalition Provisional Authority as well as the Iraqi Governing Council this. In addition, the airport will close as no airline will fly into an airport without a government in charge` he continues. The Assyrians are Christians and we are the original people of Iraq . If the July 1 schedule goes forward we will be massacred. The last time this happened 2/3rds of the Christians of Iraq were slaughtered in the Assyrian Holocaust. We will not allow it to happen again. We cannot understand why the Christians of the world do not support us and demand that Iraq be free, democratic and secular.` The Americans should simply say that only Iraqis can have a say in the future of Iraq and send him back to Iran where he came from.`. Few in the rest of the world seem to realize this little known fact - the main source of trouble to the US authorities is in fact not an Iraqi but an Iranian. `We do not want to become like Iran . We do not want a muslim government.` echoes Shiite muslim Sadek Tarik, 36. `Did the United States go to war and lose so many lives to create an Islamic Government of Iraq` says Robert George? `I do not think the American people would ever agree to that. I think they want for us what they have - freedom, opportunity and a better life. As Christians we get along good with our muslim neighbors and as the original people of Iraq we pray for autonomy in our homeland in Nineveh and Dohuk provinces so like the American Indians we can administer our local affairs.`` It took the United States seven years to move Japan from a police state to a free and democratic society. The outbreak of civil war on July 1 would seem to even the most casual observer to have a far greater negative impact on the November elections than the improving situation in Iraq . For a first hand look, the Al Jaha Ice Cream Parlor is living testimony to the fact that the war was worth it, that good times are truly around the corner and the worst possible thing for Iraq would be a premature handover of power. [Z-info: A proposed French law prohibiting the wearing of religious symbols in public schools banned Islamic headscarves, Jewish yarmulkes and large Christian crosses. Pope John Paul II told Vatican diplomats last week that religious freedom in Europe was endangered by people seeking to ban religion from the public sphere. France is, with Turkey , one of the two secular countries of the world. With the difference of Turkey where the religion is under the control of the State, France had separated the religious area and the State in 1905. Indeed, A few days after the manifestations of the Moslem women, Luc Ferry, Minister for national education, declared at the Parliament that this law did not relate only to the Islamic veil but also to the kippa, the turban of Sikhs and the "large crosses out of wooden carried by Syro-Chaldeans". The Assyro-Chaldeans' Association of France immediately distributed a press release saying that the community (16 000 people) is completely integrated into the French Republic . It refuses to be used as a "exotic folding screen" in the vote of a law which does not relate to it. Assyro-Chaldeans (Luc Ferry had mispronounced our national name in Syro-Chaldean), are respectful to this country which had welcomed them and now they was nothing any more but one danger for secularity as well as for the republic. French chains of television like Canal + and newspapers such Le Parisien, La Croix, Le Monde, Libération, The Daily Telegraph and Hürriyet published many articles concerning this affront against Assyro-Chaldeans of which 80% are naturalized French. The official statement diffused by our Association did nothing but "restore the truth" concerning our people in France . Nevertheless, Joseph Yacoub considered that this "misunderstanding" gave the opportunity to us to inform the public opinion. Windows of buildings were shattered and plumes of smoke could be seen in the area. Iraqi police and U.S. troops arrive on the scene of a car bomb explosion in Mosul , Iraq , on Saturday. Photo by Karam Hussein for the Associated Press (ZNDA: Arbil) This week the two main Kurdish political parties blamed the Islamic militant group, Ansar al-Islam - an al-Qaida-linked militant group- for suicide bombings that killed at least 101 people in Arbil on Sunday. Only the back of the bomber's head was visible in the footage. The man, apparently in his 20s or 30s, shook hands with one of the Arbil office's deputy chiefs, then stepped forward and put his hand in that of another. This position was held by Mr. Saad Abdulla until his death in the suicide bombing on Sunday. The Assyrian Democratic Movement has issued a letter of condemnation asserting "those who committed and stood behind this act of violence, and similar others, are a terror group who are not pleased with the environment of freedom and the path of democracy that Iraq is experiencing. They wish to see that insecurity and instability continues, against the aspirations of the Iraqi people." Mar Emmanuel III's Letter to IGC (ZNDA: Baghdad ) On 22 January the newly-elected Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Mar Emmanuel III Deli, offered a letter of appreciation to the officials of the Iraqi Governing Council in Baghdad . In the letter His Beatitude writes: "I thank you and wish you success for the work done for our people and our Iraqi brothers. In his letter, His Beatitude desires greater unity among Iraqis and asks the officials to promote stability, security, and prosperity for the people of Iraq . Mar Emmanuel then continues to write: "I promise you…that we are ready to cooperate in order to establish a better Iraq , that will be an example in the areas of religious, political, cultural and social freedom for all her sons without exception". Mar Emmanuel qualifies "We" by continuing to say: "We, the Chaldoassyrian Christians, owners of the Syriac culture and language for many millennia, have worked together with our Muslim, Yezidi and Sabbean brothers with our hearts and soul. Mar Emmanuel is the first head of a Syriac-speaking church to personally endorse the title of "Chaldo-Assyrian" in Iraq in an official capacity. (ZNDA: Damascus ) On 29 January a delegation from the Iraqi Governing Council met with the Syrian president, Dr. Bashaar al-Assad, in Damascus to review the current situation in Iraq and future diplomatic ties between the two countries. (ZNDA: Damascus ) On 29 January a delegation from the Iraqi Governing Council met with the Syrian president, Dr. Bashaar al-Assad, in Damascus to review the current situation in Iraq and future diplomatic ties between the two c


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